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Sewing Gifts: The Subscription Pack

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Sewing gifts are a great idea for the person that sews in your life. Sewing is a very individual hobby and it can be difficult to decide what to buy. In a Haystack have solved this problem by offering a flexible sewing gift. I’m thrilled to be included in this December’s pack, and this is…

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Exclusive Discount for our Open Studio Weekend

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Subscribe to my newsletter for discounts and previews To celebrate the Craft Central Open Studios event, I’m offering 20% off my shop this weekend. This is for visitors of my open studio event but also my online shop if you don’t live close to London. That is 20% off all vintage fabrics, haberdashery, buttons and kits.…

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How to Mix and Match Vintage Fabrics

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The vintage fabrics that I sell on my online fabric shop are nearly always one off pieces, giving the sewist confidence to create an individual vintage style. Using vintage fabrics is also a fun way to recycle. Using fabrics that have been in someone’s personal fabric stash for many decades. Bringing them out of the…

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Strictly Sewing Inspiration

It is never too soon to be planning a Christmas party outfit. Here are my top 5 Strictly styles along with fabric and sewing pattern suggestions. Saturday nights are worth staying in to watch the glamour burst onto our Tellies. I’m talking about Strictly Come Dancing of course! I might be comfy on the sofa…

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Sewing Inspiration: How to use up scrap fabric

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‘Left over scrap fabric is a conundrum for every stitcher’ says the organisers of the Knitting and Stitching Show. I’ve taken on the challenging of sharing my tips on how to use up scrap fabric left over from dressmaking at the show. Find me at the Knitting and Stitching Show on Thursday 6th October at…

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Zero Waste Sewing: scrap busting ideas

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‘We have got enough fabric in the world, so much in our sewing spaces. You are forced to slow down and embrace the creativity. A whole new skill set.’ Zoe Edwards said in her popular podcast, Check your Thread. In conversation with Barley Massey from Fabrications, they talk about creating larger pieces of fabric from…

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Zero Waste Sewing: Applique

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The smallest pieces of fabric can be used to applique anything! Once you get into it, you can’t stop. I love adding monograms to bags, cushions, children’s clothing. Applique just means adding a piece of fabric on top of another piece of fabric. How to applique Minimal amount of equipment is required to try applique.…

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Zero Waste Sewing: Pockets

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Pockets are the perfect project to use up small pieces of fabric for zero waste sewing. Fun and practical! Add a patch pocket as a design feature or an in-seam pocket to hide things in. Patch pocket on Betty Tote Bag uses up a small pieces of vintage fabric How to make patch pockets Add…

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Zero Waste Sewing

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Make a hot water bottle cover from scrap fabric Making our own clothes is eco friendly in many ways. One of the problems most sewists have is how to use up their scrap fabrics. Unless we use a zero waste pattern, small scraps of fabric are inevitable. Creating a larger piece of fabric from small…

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